Mameet. Taline Lady. Daughter of the Native Magistrate of Prome
Artist: Grant, Colesworthy (1813-1880)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Watercolour with pen and ink of a portrait of Mameet from 'A Series of Views in Burmah taken during Major Phayre’s Mission to the Court of Ava in 1855' by Colesworthy Grant and dated 7 August 1855. This album consists of 106 landscapes and portraits documenting the British embassy to the Burmese King, Mindon Min (r.1853-1878). The mission started from Rangoon (Yangon) and travelled up the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River to the royal capital of Amarapura, founded in 1782. Grant (1813-1880) was sent as official artist of the mission.
Grant wrote that Mameet and her sister, who is also portrayed in the album, were: 'daughters of the Tseekay, or native Magistrate, of Prome and are believed to be very characteristic of the gentler looking and prettier race of the Talines, or Peguers...Mameet, the elder, about 17 years of age, was more particularly pleasing and winning...She wore a profuse necklace of pearls (real or artificial), about twenty rows of which extended from the neck to the waist, whilst small rows of pearls and rubies encircled the throat, and rings ornamented the fingers...Mameet was married to a Mogul; and with several other sisters...visited the steamers under no other guide or protectorship than that of their intelligent and loquacious mother, and a troop of female attendants.'